This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2002

In Alaska

• In 1880, Arthur G. Shoup, author of the women's suffrage bill in the first Territorial Legislature, was born in Idaho.

• In 1954, Elana France of Fairbanks won a drawing at the Seattle Boat Show. Her prize was an 18-foot-long, half-ton totem pole ("carved by a real, genuine Indian").

• In 1974, The completed recount of all 90,000 votes cast for governor showed Jay Hammond beating incumbent Gov. William Egan by 287 votes.

In the nation

• In 1901, the U.S. Army War College was established in Washington D.C.

• In 1910, New York's Pennsylvania Station opened.

• In 1945, Gen. George C. Marshall was named special U.S. envoy to China to try to end hostilities between the nationalists and the Communists.

• In 1953, playwright Eugene O'Neill died in Boston at age 65.

• In 1973, the Senate voted 92-3 to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew, who had resigned.

• In 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist, were shot to death inside City Hall by former supervisor Dan White.

• In 1997, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York was marred when a gust of wind knocked part of a lamppost onto a 34-year-old woman, fracturing her skull and leaving her in a coma for almost a month.

In the world

• In 1942, during World War II, the French navy at Toulon scuttled its ships and submarines to keep them out of the hands of the Nazis.

• In 1970, Pope Paul VI, visiting the Philippines, was slightly wounded at the Manila airport by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.

• In 1983, 183 people were killed when a Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashed near Madrid's Barajas Airport.

• In 1985, the British House of Commons approved the Anglo-Irish accord giving Dublin a consultative role in the governing of British-ruled Northern Ireland.

• In 1989, 107 people were killed when a bomb blamed by police on drug traffickers destroyed a Colombian jetliner.

• In 1997, A day after saying it would open its presidential palaces to international observers, Iraq declared that U.N. weapons monitors were not included in the invitation.

• In 2001, Afghan factions opened power-sharing talks outside Bonn, Germany.

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